Quick Tip: Plastic Bags Suck

What does a professional organizer do over a long weekend? Weeds out her own home.

Bus man's holiday? Naaaaah. I have a birthday looming and always like to create some space for my personal new year.

Something I always tell clients is that if there's something that you hate every time you see it, fix it. Every time I open up my "bag drawer," it pisses me off. The plastic bags are out. of. control. Take a looksie for yourself:

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Hot mess, huh?

So I decided it was time to take my own advice and fix it! (In truth, it was totally a feng shui attack.) I pulled out all the plastic bags and threw them on the floor in front of the tv. Then I grabbed a cup of coffee, put on a fave tv show and got to work.

First, I checked the bag for holes and tossed any that were damaged. With the good ones, I used the flag fold. (Thank you, Girl Scouts.)

Flatten the bag and make sure to get as much air out as possible.

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Next, fold the bag in half, length-wise.

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And again.

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Press out as much air as possible and fold the handle end up. I liked to hold my finger across the end so too much air wouldn't sneak back in. This is very important later.

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For my next trick, I folded one corner up to the edge of the other side to start forming a triangle.

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Then took the bottom corner and folded it up.

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Continue folding it over itself until you get to the end. Then tuck the end into one of the "pockets" made by the wrapping action.

And voila!

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Once it was done, I put them all back in the drawer. The difference in amount of space it takes up is HUUUUGE.

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Sometimes when it comes to organizing, it's really all about efficient use of space.

Flag folding plastic baggies

Since posting the above picture on the interwebs, I've had a few friends tell me they did this with their bags too and love it!

Did it take some time to set this all up? Yes. Will it take a little more time to fold a bag before putting it into the drawer instead of just throwing it in? Yes.

Does it help my sanity that this drawer doesn't assault my eyes every time I open it? Yes.

Worth it. Totally worth it.

To recap:

Fold plastic baggies flag style to take up less space. - Organizing with a Side of Fabulous blog

Once the bags are finished, there are a myriad of ways to store them. You can stored them in a drawer as I have done or use an empty Kleenex box or jar. If I didn't have the drawer, I'd probably have wrapped a large jar in contact paper and kept them in that on my counter top.

How do you store your plastic baggies?